Wellesley will bring you rich opportunities beyond the classroom and the residential community.
Learn about student organizations and community service opportunities
During the first week of classes, be sure to go to the lively and informative Student Organization Fair, where student organizations gather in one spot to give new and current students a chance to ask questions, sign up for mailing lists, and much more!
Soon thereafter will be a similar gathering of organizations geared to offer service opportunities, sponsored by our Center for Work and Service (CWS). Wellesley supports a large and diverse number of internships and community service projects in the U.S. and abroad through the CWS. These are ideal ways to put your knowledge to work in the world—and learn about yourself, explore different career paths, and develop skills in the process.
Community events and traditions
The College provides numerous events for the campus community, including trips to see professional sports and theater in Boston, concerts on campus, traditions such as Lake Day and Hoop Rolling. The Office of Student Involvement works closely with College Government, the director of on-campus affairs, and the Schneider Board of Governors, student organizations, and departments across campus to coordinate these events throughout the year.
Wellesley's libraries offer quiet, comfortable settings for individual and group study. With your Wellesley ID card, you will have access to many nearby academic libraries, while Interlibrary Loan services deliver other Libraries’ resources to campus for your use. The Book Arts Lab and Special Collections allow for hands-on study of the history and arts of the book. Research resources are available in the libraries and on the Library & Technology Services website. Collections include more than 1.6 million print and electronic books, periodicals, government documents, video and audio recordings, music scores, maps and rare books and manuscripts.
Cross-registration and exchange programs
After completing your first semester, you may cross-register for courses with MIT. See opportunities at other schools. Wellesley has cooperative programs with nearby Babson College, Brandeis University, and Olin College of Engineering. You may also elect to spend a semester or a full year participating in the Twelve College Exchange Program that includes Amherst, Bowdoin, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Trinity, Vassar, Wesleyan, and Wheaton. In addition, you may choose to participate in other exchange programs with Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, or Mills College in Oakland, California.
Wellesley’s College-to-Career initiative creates greater opportunity for women in the 21st century and empowers the next generation of women leaders to make a difference in the world. The Center for Work and Service offers a career education model for the liberal arts that focuses on connections and communities. You can proactively explore the intersection between self and society, engage and test your curiosities, and make meaningful connections within newly formed career communities that cover a broad array of industries and career fields.
Almost half of Wellesley College students elect to spend a semester or year abroad, typically during their junior year. More than 160 programs are available to students, with offerings in every academic discipline and world region. You will work with your major department, class dean, and the Office of International Study to select a program that will either strengthen work in the major or otherwise complement your overall degree program. Students who hope to study abroad should have a plan to complete the foreign language requirement prior to study abroad. The Office of International Study can provide you with information and guidance regarding study abroad through workshops, printed materials, and individual advising.
The Tanner Conference
The Tanner Conference provides an avenue for students and alumnae to reflect critically upon, analyze, and share their off-campus experiences with others. Encompassing the range of off-campus experiences of students, the conference explores the learning that occurs through internships, service-learning experiences, student teaching, study abroad, international Wintersession programs, courses in experiential learning, and independent study and research undertaken away from Wellesley. The conference also presents an opportunity for alumnae to return to campus to discuss how their participation in these experiences as Wellesley students has enriched their lives. This year, the conference will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016.
The Ruhlman Conference
The Ruhlman Conference fosters collaboration among students and faculty across the disciplines and enhances the intellectual life of Wellesley College. This day-long event provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, friends, family, and alumnae to come together in celebration of student achievement. Attentive to the diversity of student interest and accomplishments, the conference includes a variety of formats for the presentation of student work, papers, panels, posters, exhibitions, musical and theatrical performances, and readings of original work. Next year, the Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
WellesleyPlus is a selective program that links coursework, advising, and peer mentorship to provide a strong foundation for a small group of first-year students at Wellesley. The program is designed to assist with the transition to college, as you and your classmates learn to build on your academic strengths and identify areas for improvement. Students are invited to participate in WellesleyPlus based on information provided during the admission process. Many first-generation college students are invited to participate in WellesleyPlus, as are Questbridge scholars and MasterCard scholars